Travel Diary: Savannah Georgia’s Historic District
Have you ever been to Savannah? I’ve been wanting to take my daughters with me to visit Savannah all year long and this year on my 23rd birthday, we finally made it. We spent most of our time exploring Savannah, Georgia’s Historic District.
We started by parking at the Bay Street Parking Lot in Downtown Savannah. Parking here is just $2.00 an hour and is a short walk from our first stop, The City Market. From the parking lot you can also go to The Ships Of The Sea Museum which is just a block away.
Savannah is a city that requires A LOT of walking, so I definitely brought our double stroller along with us. (We use the Baby Joy Double Light Weight Stroller) As we entered The City Market, our first stop was at The Savannah Candy Kitchen. They have so much to choose from, it took some time to choose what sweet treats to try.
After we got our chocolate on in the candy kitchen, we explored the shops of The City Market. They have a shop where you can buy treats for your pups, souvenir shops, a jewelry shop and more! Outside the shops, you will see The Prohibition Museum. I love all things prohibition and early 1900’s as well, so I knew I knew we had to make a stop at the museum.
The Prohibition Museum
The Prohibition Museum only cost $14.00 for all three of us. The women at the door selling tickets was dressed like she just stepped out of a speakeasy and so were all the employees inside. They also all stayed in character as if we had to keep the speakeasy a secret.
During the prohibition, any alcohol that people could stock pile before the law went into affect was legal for them to keep and use. After the law went into affect, the majority of all alcohol was made in homes.
Prohibition supporters made different arguments against alcohol: that it was evil, that it was a waste of money, that it was dangerous for children to be around, etc. The museum was full of artifacts, posters, and clothes from the prohibition time period. (What women had to wear to swim in the 1920’s is insane!)
There are little hidden spots and cute showcases of the time during the prohibition. One window in the museum played a video of a house wife signaling that her home has alcohol. Another part of the museum was made to look like a dark forest where a country man was making moonshine.
My daughters favorite part of the museum was where you can learn to dance like you are from that time period!
At the end of the museum there is an actual speakeasy! I would have taken advantage of it if I didn’t have children with me. The decoration was so cool and the walls of the sitting area opposite of the bar were covered with artifacts and facts about the prohibition.
If you have a stroller or a wheel chair, you will need to ask the bar tender to show you the way out of the museum. They will take you through a secret passage way behind a hidden door in the wall. This will take you back to the elevator at the beginning of the museum.
As you exit the museum and look to you right, you will see Eillis Square. We walked over to the square to sit by the fountain and eat our chocolate from The Savannah Candy Kitchen before moving on to The Paris Market.
The Paris Market
The building of the Paris Market is different than all of the others in Savannah’s historic district. The beautiful architecture and promise of mouth watering macarons will draw you into the shop.
We shopped around the market, looking at all of French themed products, before we headed to their little bakery for some delicious treats! You can get breakfast, lunch, and dessert here. We sat in their beautiful seating area and tried our different macaron flavors. Wow, two stops for sweet treats before lunch time.. don’t judge, it’s my birthday! haha.
Marche De Macarons & Leopold’s Ice Cream
Yes, it was time for more sweet tastings! After we left The Paris Market, it was a short three blocks to Marche De Macarons. This shop differed greatly from The Paris Market. There was hardly any room to stand inside the shop and there definitely wasn’t room to sit down. However, I will 1000% go back to get more of their S’mores macarons!
Right around the corner from Marche De Macarons is the world famous Leopold’s Ice Cream. Famous for their unique and scrumptious ice cream flavors, they have been a resident of Savannah’s historic district for 100 years as of 2019.
We sat and enjoyed our chocolate chip ice cream cones in the A/C to cool off from the Georgia heat. I thought that waiting until mid/late September to visit Savannah was a good way to avoid the famous southern heat. I was wrong. On the day we were in Savannah, it was 100F and 90% humidity…
So, yeah, Leopold’s Ice Cream shop was a godsend!
Next, we walked along the Rossiter Place brick road. The brick pathway was covered by old trees that were full of Spanish moss hanging down from their limbs.
We met the sweetest mom while walking along by the shops on the road. She was outside putting out a water bowl for doggies that pass by her shop.
As I was out of breath from wrangling my toddlers, I asked her if she had a restroom we could use. She let us in and talked to my girls and carried my youngest around the store. She said she had twins too. I told her that my girls weren’t actually twins, they are a year apart. She said it was close to the same thing and we talked and laughed.
She walked carried my girls out of the shop and we gave them the balloons off of her shop sign before we went on our way. It’s encounters like this that make traveling so much better!
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Next, we were off to Factor’s Walk. You can access Factor’s Walk by going down one of the numerous historic steps down to the river. However, since I had a stroller with me, from Rossiter Place, we took E Upper Factor’s Walk down to the river.
Navigating down the cobble stone road with a stroller may be a little difficult depending on what kind of stroller you have. Nonetheless, it is still easier than going down narrow old stone steps.
On your way down, there will be rooms inside the brick walls on the left that have arch entrance way. You can stop and read the signs about the rooms and the area surrounding them.
Once we got down we stopped for a break by the water. My daughters watched the water and looked for mermaids and dolphins while I caught my breath.
I browsed the stores along factor walk and had so much fun! We shopped for candy, gifts, and Christmas ornaments, before hunting down a place to get a bite to eat.
On the edge of the river, is the Georgia Queen that gives riverboat cruises. They have several cruise options including a general river cruise, a sunset cruise, and a dinner cruise. They guarantee that their prices will be the lowest of all river cruises in Savannah!
The Cotton Exchange
We choose to eat at The Cotton exchange on Factor’s Walk.
If you aren’t sure if you want to eat here, they have a menu outside their door for you to take a look at what they offer.
They were very friendly when it came to accommodating my toddlers and making room for the double stroller. We were starving after a day of walking the streets of Savannah. My daughters, of course, got grilled cheese. I ordered their stuffed potato skins and a grilled chicken salad. Everything we ordered was great!
We had a 15 minute walk back to where we parked. After seeing the historic district, I had planned to see The Wormsloe Historic Site and The Bonaventure Cemetery. But, all of the walking in 100F and high humidity was just too much.
It was far too hot and my daughters were way too tired, so we cut our Savannah trip short. No complaints though, I was thrilled to finally get to explore Savannah!
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